I was planning on drawing some deprivation maps this afternoon, but I can't find a site to download the Lower Super Output Area boundaries from to display the data. The only link I can find is to a word document that allows me to order some CDs but I can't beleive that is the only way to get the data.

Please someone tell me that ONS haven't regressed that badly while I was away.

  • But they are still going to mail me CDs :-( – Ian Turton Jul 12 '11 at 14:11
  • I guess they don't have an FTP server - and more cutbacks prevent them from getting one. CD was the way it was 5 years ago but moving forward to direct downloads is a bit too far. – Mapperz Jul 12 '11 at 14:35
  • I'm sure I could download ward boundaries for 2001 - may be because I was an academic in those days. – Ian Turton Jul 12 '11 at 14:44

I went through this process just last week (email, then CD in the post). Couldn't believe it either - although they posted (for free, anywhere worldwide I think) within hours of my email and I got them a couple of days later. Not sure how this can save costs over a download link..

I'd put them online myself but guess there must be licensing issues.

Seems very old-school, especially when all the census statistics are available through a web REST API, and the OS serve out live vector data for other UK boundaries.

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